Saturday 22 May 2010 

Durham Players Try Their Hand At Renaming Ground

Durham Players Try Their Hand At Renaming Ground
Durham Players Try Their Hand At Renaming Ground
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Durham County Cricket Club, in association with Emirates Airline, has launched a competition to encourage suggestions for the best name of our home stadium, a few of the Durham players unveil their ideas.

There has been a great response to the competition with over 15,000 visits to the website since Monday’s launch. We have also received over 100 entries with some excellent suggestions with many taking on board the Durham County Cricket Club Values.

Opening batsmen Michael Di Venuto said, “Emirates sponsorship of Durham CCC and the stadium naming competition is a first in cricket and it’s fantastic for our club to have such positive support as we build for the future.  The competition for stadium names is a great idea.  Taking into account our location by Riverside Park, I think Emirates Park would be a great name, I hope someone enters that on my behalf because I’m not allowed to!”

The amazing prize for this competition includes Return Economy Flights from Newcastle to Australia with award-winning Emirates Airline. And for those cricket fans tickets to all five days of the first Ashes test match in Brisbane (25-29th November 2010). For the 50 best runners up they receive a pair of tickets to Emirates Day when Durham Dynamos take on Lancashire Lightning in the FPt20 on Friday 4th June.

Stephen Harmison said, “It’s great that our supporters get the chance to have an input in the name of the ground. It’s a real opportunity for the stadium to be instantly recognisable around the country and it would be a real honour for any fan for their suggestion to be selected, never mind the excellent prize that’s on offer for the winner!”

Dale Benkenstein said, “It’s a real coup for Durham County Cricket Club to be involved with such a major global brand such as Emirates, and for them to recognise and identify with our values enough to understand how important it is for us to involve our supporters in the major name change at our home stadium. ”

Head Coach, Geoff Cook, added, “We have a history of supporters taking a major role in changes in the club and we’re already overwhelmed by the number of suggestions we’ve had so far, which is fantastic news.  There are some excellent entries and I await the result with real interest. “

Durham CCC captain, Phil Mustard, said, “Emirates Riverside gets my vote, it’s simple and straight to the point and I think it links Emirates and the cricket club nicely. “

This competition closes on Wednesday 26th May at 12noon . Details for the competition are available at www.durhamccc.co.uk.

To enter the competition please email emiratescompetition@durhamccc.co.uk with your suggestion as well as the reasons behind it.

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